One minute you are enjoying a stroll in the park, and the next you feel as if an elephant just stepped on you. It’s a premature heart attack or stroke, the result of a blockage from a blood clot and inflammation, usually within the coronary arteries.

Millions of Americans are choking down blood pressure meds (beta-blockers like Lopressor and Toprol-XL) and aspirin (or the deadly Plavix) to avoid this death sentence. At the same time, they are putting themselves at risk for side effects like lethargy, obesity, heart disease, internal bleeding, and even cancer.

But preventing heart attack and stroke doesn’t have to be risky. One safe and inexpensive supplement can keep your blood healthy and control your blood pressure. And you don’t need a prescription to get it. Heart attack and stroke can be delayed – and even stopped – naturally, for about $8 a month at Wal-Mart.

Hawthorn. Used for thousands of years, it has proven to be a safe and effective method for ensuring healthy blood and arteries. It destroys potentially deadly blood clots on contact. Hawthorn works by preventing excess platelet aggregation while releasing pressure from the cardiovascular system. Studying these benefits of hawthorn, the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy showed that it could successfully be used to treat heart failure, hypertension, angina, and arrhythmias. And, most exciting, u sers won’t suffer from nasty side effects. As a bonus, they’ll protect their wallets from Big Pharma. Plavix costs about $100 a month; hawthorn costs $8.

It’s important to make sure there are no fillers – like dextrose (sugar) – in your hawthorn supplement.  Make sure any hawthorn you purchase has been confirmed for purity with a Certificate of Analysis (COA). You can request a COA directly from the manufacturer of any supplement – for free.

[Ed. Note: Shane Ellison (www.thepeopleschemist.com) is an author, organic chemist, and contributor to ETR’s free natural health newsletter. He is an internationally recognized authority on therapeutic nutrition and the founder of The AM-PM Fat Loss Discovery package.]